which, when pursued, is
always beyond our grasp,
but which, if you will sit down
quietly, may alight upon you."
"All men should try to learn,
before they die, what they are
running from, and to,
Unknown author, Chinese Fortune Cookie.
Both these sayings are in the start of a wonderful new book, "In the Long Run" by Jim Axelrod, a CBS news correspondent.
Not to ruin the plot, but in 2008, while covering Hilary Clinton's run for the White House, Axelrod feels himself being pushed out of a job at CBS. At the same time a friend emails him Axelrod's father's times in the NYC Marathon when Axelrod's father was 44, 45, and 46. With his father having passed on, and Axelrod not even close to being in shape to run around the block, Axelrod, age 46, decides, on the spur of the moment, to run his first marathon. And for good measure, he decides to beat his father's best time: sub 3:30, which means averaging sub 8 minute miles for all 25 miles.
It's a great read.
Welcome back. We hope your holiday weekend was a great one (even yours angry gurl).
See you in court, our marathoning days having passed us by (we never ran one, and we never will.)